Bug 219778

Summary: RFE: More search domains in /etc/resolv.conf
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 Reporter: Binand Sethumadhavan <binand>
Component: glibcAssignee: Jakub Jelinek <jakub>
Status: CLOSED WONTFIX QA Contact: Brian Brock <bbrock>
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Version: 3.0CC: gerhardus.geldenhuis
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Description Binand Sethumadhavan 2006-12-15 07:51:58 EST
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Description of problem:
The resolv.conf manpage under the section for 'search' keyword says:

                 The search list is currently limited to six domains with a
                 total of 256 characters each.

Can the limit of 6 domains be increased to a higher number (say 32)?

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Add several ( > 6) domains in a "search" line in /etc/resolv.conf
2. Try to lookup one of the hosts in a domain whose position is > 6
3. Fails

Actual Results:
"Unknown host"

Expected Results:
A proper name lookup

Additional info:
A quick search through glibc sources seem to indicate that the

# define MAXDNSRCH              6

is what controls this, and I couldn't see any side effect of changing this number to something higher. But don't let me fool you :)
Comment 1 Jakub Jelinek 2006-12-15 08:04:56 EST
That's not possible, the max number of search lines is part of the glibc ABI.
An MAXDNSRCH sized array is part of the struct __res_state structure (and _res
object), which various applications access directly.